KickStarter Spotlight: iGloLED

KickStarter Spotlight: iGloLED

Dec 5, 2012

While it may not be the cheapest, probably the fastest and easiest way to spice up any basement or outside area is to add colored lights. We’ve looked at KickStarter projects in the past that are WiFi enabled smart LED lightbulbs, but these are very expensive per light and only illuminate a small circular area. The other solution is to use LED strips, those long single row ropes of LED’s that can easily be hidden under a bar or inside an entertainment system. Now, I have looked around the internet before for these and buying one is actually a lot more expensive then it initially seems because they have to include their own power adapter and most of them cannot be wirelessly controlled or change color. As you can probably guess, this is exactly what this weeks project, iGloLED does. Like most of our KickStarter projects this operates via WiFi and includes a host of options for customizing the color. If that is not enough there will also be an available SDK which means that this bad boy is open to the public and all of their programming brilliance.

While this is not cheap, the KickStarter price to get the base powered strip package is $200, neither is the competition. Besides, included is 5 meters of color changing LED’s; that’s a whopping 16 feet. These can be daisy chained up to each other twice to form a 10m segment, but anything longer then that requires a separate power supply. Speaking of the power supply, with most LED lights power supply is something that is generally left up to the consumer. The lights do not come with a standard outlet socket and need a 12V DC current to operate, which means that they require an additional power converter just to operate. With iGlo everything is included in one bundled package, and the power converter, which is UL certified allows the user to individually control each set of lights, and the mobile app is capable, in theory, of supporting up to 255 separate controllers. So for any bar owners or car enthusiasts, or even just those who are looking for a professional and quality way to add some dimension to a basement or living room take a look at iGloLED on KickStarter and help get this project the funding it deserves.

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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